Friday, 26 December 2014

Barbados: The Flight Review



Where have I been you might not need to ask as the title gives this away but I have been preparing for and enjoying the lovely country of Barbados. I thought I would put together a little series of things I loved and maybe some that I didn't love quite so much.

First off: The flight and the airport

Now many of you will have been to Gatwick airport many times but for me it was a first. I have always caught my planes at Bristol Airport in the past and so in comparison it was huge. Stepping into the airport and seeing everything all at once made me panic a little bit. I am not afraid of flying but there is something about travelling that makes me anxious. I tried Kalms this trip and they worked a treat!!

Check in was extremely easy and getting through security was a breeze. We then headed to the Vroom (Virgins very own departure lounge) We were greeted and checked in swiftly and made our way to the complimentary breakfast. There was so much on offer here from Cereal and Cupcakes to Juices, Tea and Coffee and everything in-between. We were shown to some comfortable seating where we could see the aeroplanes taking off and landing. 

The plane itself was huge and we had chosen to sit right at the back. The air hostess was funny and polite before take off and was telling us about the weather in Barbados. After take off we were all served drinks and given a bag of pretzels which were yummy. 

The Food

We were given a little menu at the start of our flight so that we knew what we were going to receive during the trip and we got to choose our main course, I thought that was a nice touch. I chose lasagne and as far as plane food goes it was nice. We also received an afternoon tea a couple of hours before landing which was delicious. 

Entertainment

Virgin use Veto on their flights and each seat has their own personal screen in the seat in front of them. I wasn't expecting too much as far as entertainment goes but I was proved wrong within the first five minutes of getting on the aircraft. There were an endless amount of films and TV series, Music and Documentaries to watch. I watched several films on the way there and on the way back including The Fault in Our Stars, Lucy and 22 Jump Street.
The music choices were also extensive with a bit of something for everyone.

Comfort

I don't think travelling is ever comfortable and my anxiety certainly doesn't help me relax however on the flight to Barbados there was lots to distract me and that made the flight more comfortable. I would say that Virgins flight was more comfortable than other planes i have been on.

Thanks For Reading

Em x
 

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares







An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 




This book is about Time Travellers from the future coming back to 2010 to live. In the future people are dying from something called a blood plague and the aim is for this group of travellers to escape it.
I liked reading about how grim the future is and how technology advances through time. The future in this story was realistic and the horror that Prenna had faced was genuinely scary. I thought the plot was clever and imaginative. I enjoyed reading the book as a whole and it was quite a quick read for me.

Prenna is a great character in my opinion, She is feisty and inquisitive I feel like she knows who she is and unlike the other travellers she is not brainwashed. The plague is easily transferred from person to person and so it is against the rules to touch. Prenna was often unsure of the time and her surroundings as you would expect. Throughout the book there were letters from Prenna to her brother Julian and i really enjoyed this addition to the book they show Prenna is feeling about the new things she is encountering and the hope she feels about her new home. 

Ethan is the perfect boy who is cool and popular but takes pitty on people less fortunate or not as 'with it'. For me Ethan was a little bit too predictable and weak as far as lead characters go. I could have forgiven the weak character if he had been swoon worthy but for me he wasn't. Saying that, Ethan's plot was still enjoyable and I liked the interaction between him and Preena. 

I don't want to give anything away but I will say that I liked the ending and I do want to read the next in the series (by the ending I assume there will be a next book). I don't think this book deserves the negative reviews it has received and although its not my favourite book of the year I would recommend it to a friend.

Thanks For Reading
Em x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Reveiw

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Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can. 

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. 
She's wrong.


Firstly the cover of this book is absolutely stunning.Its intriguing and really makes you want to pick up this book and give it a go just for the artwork. I got through this book quickly, mostly in one long car journey and I really enjoyed the style in which the book was written. I really enjoyed the romance between Mara and Noah and found much of the plot between them to be funny. I found myself having a little giggle  on a couple of occasions. I got so wrapped up in the love story that I would have been happy with that so to have an extra element to the plot was a bonus really.

I liked that Noah wasn't immaculately dressed I thought this made him a little less typical. He was such a bad ass when sticking up for Mara that it was a little cringey but completely lovable. He has completely changed for Mara and stopped sleeping with the entire school population (don't all of us girls want to tame that bad boy?). I love the development of Noah throughout the book.

I liked Daniel as the perfect older brother. I liked that he was so perfect because this is how he looks from Mara's point of view and anyone with a sibling would recognise the feeling that they would get away with actual murder.

Now Mara, I liked her as a main character even if she was a bit of a train wreck. Mara makes bad decisions throughout the story but we all make bad decisions so this just made her more believable. She falls head over heels for Noah quickly and a lot of the plot is based around the romance the two share.Noah admits to being horrible to Mara's best friend Jamie in the past and it is brushed under the carpet, she knows he is an ass hole but she cant help how she feels. Mara is sassy and you see more of this as her confidence grows within her new surroundings. Mara's attraction to Noah builds slowly and to be honest I don't think she particularly likes him to start off with. The attraction was intense and often left me thinking oooh Noah.      

The story ends with a cliff hanger (quite a shocking one at that) which means I will 100% be picking up the second book in the series very soon.

Thanks For Reading

Em x


Monday, 6 October 2014

Stone Faced Angel by Marie McKean Review


There are some things I know for sure:
1. I died . . . a long time ago
2. Even in death I was always aware of him.
3. Love has a way of making even angels choose to leave their heaven above.
 

I am going to do this review a little bit differently than I normally do. I did completely enjoy the book but there are a few niggly bits that I didn't like so much but rather than dwell on them I am going to start with what I did liked


I loved both of the main characters in this book and I really enjoyed how Maura's and Brandon's relationship developed over time rather than immediately. The character development was great, I really felt connected to all of the characters. For the first half of the story nothing much happens other than the budding romance but I though that was great I was really invested in their love by the end of the book. When the action kicked in it really got going, It was exciting and thrilling I enjoyed the scary storyline towards the end. There was a fantastic mix between good characters and baddies who are not what you would expect. Marie McKean is amazing at describing the people and the places so much so that you can almost feel like you are there with the characters. 
I loved that the ending was a surprise I don't think anybody reading would guess what will happen in the end.

I wish there was a little more talk about Maura's past, I found the concept so interesting and we did get exciting glimpses here and there but i think for me that would of taken this book up a level. I hated every single time one of them said the words "Babe" or "Boo" I get that this a way to show their affection for one another but Marie McKean has amazing descriptive skills that these words do not need to be used.

I did really enjoy reading Stone Faced Angels and would be excited to read the second in the series. 


Thanks for reading 

Em x

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Small book haul and exciting Giveaway


This week I have purchased

Shatter Me by

The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer
 
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
 
I plan on reading at least a couple of these books during my break next month.
 
I have also received a couple of books free for review in the last couple of weeks the first of which I have already finished and loved.
 
True Calling by Siobhan Davis
 
Shimmer by Elena Dillon
 
Breathe by Elena Dillon 

Stone Faced Angel by Marie McKean

Finally I was sent Heroes of Olympus - The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. The Lovely people at penguin were kind enough to send me a couple of copies and so I am now holding a giveaway. If you would like to Win this book then click on the link below and follow the instructions.



 


Good luck and thanks for reading
 
Em x

Monday, 29 September 2014

Bad Neighbors - Movie Review

Bad Neighbours

Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne star as Mac and Kelly who are new parents when a fraternity move into the house next door. Teddy who is played by Zac Efron is president of the frat, Teddy doesnt want to keep the baby awake but the urge to party is too strong. 

I wanted to really like this movie and I really wanted a laugh but I am sad to say I was left disappointed. Parts of the movie were a little funny but mostly it was predictable and boring. I enjoyed the relationship between Efron and Rogan and liked the story line. Usually I am a huge fan of Seth Rogan and find him hilarious, Zac Efron is not bad on the eye so putting the two together should of worked but for me it just didn't.

Here is a little Zac Efron to look at anyway

Thanks For Reading

EM xx

Saturday, 27 September 2014

True Calling - Siobhan Davis

 






I wonder which situation is hardest.
Mine, because I remember everything, or hers because she can't.
***
Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant,‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
 
Firstly I want to start by saying that the characters in this book are some of the most interesting I have read about. Ariana is your typical 17 year old girl to begin with, getting on at school and with her friends but the growth in her character is what had me hooked on this book from the get go. Ariana is strong and sassy but also clever and caring, I found her easy to relate to and enjoyed her plot lines. Cal who is Ariana's love interest is a strong male lead character also. I loved his protectiveness over the heroine and how we get she the depth of his personality while he is dealing with Lilly.
I enjoyed the sort of love triangle within this book and constantly flitted between team Cal and team Zane.
 
I am not usually a fan of books told from duel perspectives and in this book we get a little from Zane's point of view too. I didn't hate it actually and although there was a lot extra to take in during this section of the book I thought it helped to move the book along smoothly.
 
I thought this book was action packed and there was not a single boring page which is amazing considering I do get bored quite easily with boring story lines. I think this book reaches out to the girly girl inside of me slightly with the dresses and the make up talk but then drags me right back into the action.
 
The Calling does have a hunger games feel to it so if you liked the hunger games you would probably enjoy this book but the story and premise is unlike anything I have read before.
 
I am excited to read more from Siobhan Davies and more in this series.
 
Thanks for reading
 
Em x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Deviations by Crystal Johnson Review


“The bubonic plague, typhoid fever, smallpox, the bird flu—would you like me to continue?” His voice rises as if he’s determined to make me understand, “They’re created in labs, then given to people to see who is strong enough to survive them. They’re trying to limit the amount of people in the world.” I watch him stand and turn for the door. “There’s a lot about your parents that you don’t know and the sooner you realize that, the sooner you can start doing something about it.”

From the day we’re born, we’re introduced to the marvels of modern medicine. It is amazing how a simple vaccine can prevent polio, hepatitis B, rotavirus—the list is almost endless. But, what if that were no longer the case? What if the government unleashed each virus for the sole purpose of controlling the population? Henly Sawyer finds herself discovering this truth for the first time, and as she does, the world that she thought she knew shatters. She wakes in Aurora, a quarantine miles from home, and is forced into a grueling reality. Henly strives to piece together the truth about her parents and their involvement in the unfolding chaos. With the help of her new friends, Renner and Dex, Henly sets out to understand a world that is now filled with Deviations—an infected group of violent, murderous humans

I like the idea of this book and anyone that knows me knows i love a good post apocalyptic story however I found the storyline quite repetitive. My attention was captured for the first few chapters but I quickly lost interest after reading what felt like the same things over and over. 
I did like the characters and the dynamic relationships between them although the love story that followed through the book left me a little unsatisfied, there was no real ending or conclusion to any of the relationships in the book.

This book has great reviews on goodreads so I am inclined to think that I am one of the few and not one of the many that are disappointed by this book. I hate to write negative reviews and I would love to hear if anyone else has read this and loved it. 

Thanks For reading

EM x  

Monday, 1 September 2014

Tag


1) When is your birthday? (You don't have to include the year if you don't want to.)

29th July


2) What are 3 of your favorite colors?
Pink, Sky Blue and Yellow

3) What are your 3 favorites quotes?


“When the three of us were young, we were taught that the world is full of magic.” – Denahi from Brother Bear


“Who’s to say I won’t live forever?” – Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean

       “All our dreams can come true...if we have the courage to pursue them.” 

4) Are you addicted to YouTube?
A Little Bit Okay A Lot

5) What are 3 of your favorite shows on TV or YouTube or both?

Once Upon A Time,True Blood, and Vampire Diaries


6) What are 3 qualities you like in a best friend?

Loyalty, Humour and Trust


7) Do you like your name? 

Yeah its OK I guess. I suppose it could be more exciting.


8) If you have the choice to pick your own name, what will it be?

I'd Like to have an unusual first name like Blue from raven boys (Book)


9) What is your fantasy dream?

To marry Theo James and live somewhere hot Yes!!!!


10) Do you wear makeup?

Yes. not always but more than half of the time


11) If you could write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?

Something dark and mysterious 


12) What makes you cry?

The dog rescuers on TV I can't understand how people can be so cruel. I have cried at books and films too. I also cry when I am very tired or poorly 


13) What makes you angry?

Rudeness, cruelty. When someone walks into me and I apologise but they don't. Names that are difficult to pronounce.......


14) What makes you happy?
Books. Disney. my fiancĂ©e (sometimes). Books. The sunshine. Holidays. Books. Friends. Family. oh and books.

15) What are your 3 favorites snacks?

Chocolate. Anything Crunchy and Ice cream


16) What are your 3 favorite foods?
Burgers (Home-made). Paella. Chips 

17) What are your 3 favorite drinks?
Apple Juice. Rose Wine. Lemonade.

18) Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Yes I can. I am 26 Years old but not happy about it. I enjoy reading books and Blogging. I get married next May.


20) What are 10 random facts about you?

- I play the trumpet

- I can't sing.
- I have blue eyes.
- My hair is really, really, really long. 
- I have a secret dream
- I love to write
- I love music 
- I won an award at butlins when I was little because I spoke about my dog and how naughty he is
- I love dogs
- I have a doggy Named Louis.


21) What are your 3 fun things to do?

-read fiction

-Write
-Sing - Badly

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Deepest Cut - J.A Templeton


Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother's life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she's somehow responsible for her mom's death, Riley is desperate to see her mother's elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness. 

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn't get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley's falling hard for Ian. 

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she's not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn't complicated enough, the malevolent spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she'll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace. 


I loved this book from the very beginning to the very end. Firstly its a free book on Amazon kindle but don't let that fool you. Its a romance and a horror all rolled into one with a few ghosties thrown in for good measure. 

This book kind of like a twist on Ghost Whisperer. I liked that there was a nod to a few problems that teens face. (Cutting, Drinking, not fitting in etc) I think that this book really allowed me to feel for the characters. Yes the relationship between Riley and Ian happened quickly but when the sparks there time doesn't matter. This wasn't a negative for me because it stopped me getting bored of the will they wont they that happens in so many books. There were characters to suit everyone, good, bad and evil!! the scary bits were really quite scary and I'm not very easily spooked. 

The deepest cut has had some negative reviews but I think people need to bare in mind that this book did not cost you anything! It has a great story and no it might not be everybodys cup of tea but who wants that anyway? Not me!! 

I loved this book and have gone on to purchase the second book in the series. I have read books that are more popular than this that have worse stories or characters so I say well done Julia Templeton and thanks for providing me with a great read.

Em x

Monday, 9 June 2014

Wedding Dress Shopping

Personally I don't really enjoy shopping for clothes so when my best friend invited me wedding dress shopping I wasn't looking forward to it as much as I should have been. It was the first time that I had been shopping for something as big as a wedding dress for someone else. 
We had made appointments in two shops. The first was a lovely little shop with tons of dresses. The lady picked out a few different styles and got my friend into the changing room while me and her sister sat and waited. All of the dresses were stunning so it was all about picking the most stunning dress for her body shape. We quickly whittled them down to one amazing dress that she loved. this is where the dilemma came in. Should she then go and try more dresses on? 

We decided yes and went to the second shop which was a much bigger store with lots of dresses. the lady there made picking out dresses a team event and we all got involved. I picked a dress out with a bit of drama going on, a low waist and a beautiful princess skirt. My friend then tried them on.

Now here is a tip for anyone accompanying a bride to be to pick the most important dress of her life. When she puts on a dress that not only leaves you speechless but her too and she doesn't want to take it off you know you have got the one. you can tell!! there was no question about it that dress was made for her!!

The problem now is stopping her from putting it on every chance that she gets!!

Tell me about your dress picking stories, id love to read them

Em x

Monday, 2 June 2014

Beautiful Bath

Yesterday I got up late and was wondering what would be fun to do for a few hours. In the end we popped into Bath which is just 20 minutes from where I live. Since I moved to the area 6 years ago, bath has been the closest city to me and I have taken it for granted and so I decided to take this opportunity to big up Bath. Here are a few reasons Bath is great.

Its Beautiful

I don't know much about old buildings and architecture but I do know that the buildings in bath are some of the prettiest I have seen.
 
There is the Abbey which is stunning but so are lots of the other buildings around and about. The weir is beautiful and dramatic, Pulteney weir is so visually stunning in fact that it was used in the filming of Les Miserables.

Lots to do

Like all cities Bath has lots of fun and interesting things to do both day time and night time. There are tons of great restaurants to choose from with lots of different styles of food. The Roman Baths, Thermae Spa, Royal Crescent and  the Abbey itself will keep you busy all day but if you still have energy by the nigh time there is a lively night life.

Shopping

There are not as many shops in Bath as there are in larger cities however there are far more pretty little boutiques where you can stumble upon a special find. I love shopping in bath for unique gifts and interesting items.

I'm 100% sure i have left loads of things out but this was my snippet on why Bath is great, I hope you liked it

Em x

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Midnight ramblings

Some day that people have their best thoughts at night time  but I am not one of those people! I did however think I would up date all of you on what I have been up to for the last few weeks. I realise I have been absent  from the blogging world and that a few of you may have been  wondering what I have been up to.

Firstly I finished reading the divergent trilogy I loved the first book and wrote a review and I fell head over heels in love with Theo James (the actor who plays four) I completely enjoyed the second book and most of the third book but the ending disappointed me so I decided not to review it.  The ending is obviously the preference of the writer so I didn't think it was fair to negatively review something over personal preference.

Secondly I have been clothes shopping over the last couple of weeks getting ready for summer and my holiday (barbados) . I don't normally do too well with clothes shopping so I have started early and so far I have sandles, shorts, a vest top, a play suit and a maxi dress. Pretty good going I think. I am enjoying all of the bright prints available this summer.

I have taken a weeks holiday to celebrate our wedding which takes place this time next year and spent most of the week poorly with a throat infection :(

Anyway enjoy your weekend

Love

Em xx

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

April favorites

So I have not done a favourites blog before but why not start now?

Bathroom


Lush brought out a great range of Easter products and I loved all of them!! I love lush products in general and enjoyed trying out these new editions.


I loved the Dove Pampering Bath Cream which made my bath feel silky and soft. I have not purchased this before and bought it for a little extra pamper. I would buy it again.

Live Color XXL Plum Perfection 47These two Items are definitely the super star items of the month for me but sadly I do have one hate. I recently dyed my hair plum using the Live  XXL Hair colour. I loved this for the first two washes and then it dramatically. This colour is supposed to be permanent definite disappointment.  







Reading

I recently reviewed the book bird box and that has to be up there with the best for my favourite April reads it was nice to read something a bit different with a lot of suspense. 

The Divergent Series - Box SetI am currently enjoying the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth and I would have loved these books if I had held off from watching the film. Having the image of the characters in my head has ruined it slightly for me but non the less I am enjoying them.







Just four products doesn't seem a lot but I am honest! 

I hope you enjoyed 

Em x

Friday, 25 April 2014

Five hates Friday!!

Lots of people are thanking god its Friday but not me. I work every other weekend and so Fridays make me a miserable person.
So i have created a list of five things I hate to cheer myself up :) Here goes:

1. The obvious - Being in work on a Friday! when everybody else is off especially when the sun is shining and its BBQ weather ( Not very often in the UK)

2. When I forget to record my favourite TV shows. I hate missing an episode of anything.
3. Marmite! - Its disgusting it tastes like tar or something else horrid.
4. Scary films - I just cant cope with anything scary at all. My mind plays tricks and I cant sleep for days 
5. last but not least and a hate I share with lots of people - SPIDERS.

Em x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman


Only Published in March this year Bird Box and is Josh Malerman's Debut Novel.

This book has a very interesting plot: Humans are dying because there are new "creatures" inhabiting the earth. One look at these creatures and people go mad! I liked the idea of this story before I started it but I did not know how addictive reading Bird Box would be. From start to finish I have been impatiently waiting for quiet moments to pick up this amazing book. The writing style is just my cup of tea its not too descriptive that it prevents me from using my own imagination and it would be a brilliant book to take if you had a long plane journey because it is just so addictive. 

The characters and their stories are very believable I began to really feel for Malorie and the children. Living the life that they were must have been very hard work. I love the bond that forms between Malorie and Tom and even though there is no real suggestion of a relationship, I believe there were feelings between the two at least.

This book left me terrified. Its not very often that I get the creeps from a book but this one had me wishing I had blankets over my windows like the characters in the book. In a situation like this I just don't think I would survive. Personally I enjoyed that the Creatures were not described at all in the book, Their presence was terrifying enough and I was able to imagine the most terrifying creature of all. I don't think that every single detail needs to be explained because it keeps you questioning and thinking about the book which is brilliant. 

Bird Box has a sort of happy ending which allows you to relax (which you will realise you have not done since you started reading). Knowing that Malorie and the children are going to be looked after makes everything else that happened OK. 
There will be a movie brought out based on Bird Box, Usually I do not enjoy a movie that is based on a book I have read because things get missed but I think that this book will make for an amazingly spooky movie. 

I would definitely suggest giving Bird Box a go and seeing what you think you can buy the book here:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0007529872?tag=promouk-21 
Its possible that this book alone will make you go a little bit mad! I have not stopped talking about it! 

Go get the book and let me know what you think!!

Em x